Flash Flood Watches have been issued for most of western Arkansas and parts of central Arkansas. John Robinson, Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Little Rock, says a stalled front to the north of Arkansas will gradually move back to the north. Meanwhile, areas of low pressure aloft will move across the state, causing rounds of showers and thunderstorms.
From today through Friday evening, rainfall amounts should average:
- 1/2 to 1 1/2 inches across northern Arkansas
- 3 to 5 inches with locally heavier amounts for the Ouachita Mountain region,
- 1 to 3 inches with locally heavier amounts for central and east central Arkansas, and
- 3 to 5 inches with locally heavier amounts for southern Arkansas.
Robinson says he thinks it is very likely that some Flash Flood Warnings will be necessary before the rain moves out.
Rain will gradually taper off from west to east Friday afternoon and Friday night, and Robinson says severe weather looks pretty unlikely over the next two days. He says, if there were to be an isolated severe storm, it would be near the southern border of Arkansas.